Young members of Tambourine and Fan, shown above, embody the hope and energy of the Civil Rights Movement as they celebrate the Civil Rights Acts 50th Anniversary on the steps of the Louisiana Supreme Courthouse, Wednesday, July 2.  Photo by Dennis Joseph

City marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act with reflection and reverence

Some of the city’s oldest and youngest residents huddled together Wednesday to observe the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. The

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Justice Denied: States have not obeyed court ruling on juveniles

By Frederick H. Lowe Contributing Writer Overwhelming majority of juvenile lifers are African American; Some states exceed 80 percent (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Two years after the

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Gusman signs off on plan to use existing property tax to run Orleans Parish Prison
By Charles Maldonado The Lens Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman will ask voters to allow him to use some of a property tax to pay for operations at Orleans Parish Prison. ...
Urban planner turned entrepreneur receives McDonald’s 365 Black Award
By Mason Harrison Contributing Writer “By the time I began my career as a McDonald’s franchisee in New Orleans, I had become completely enraptured with the city,” says Florida native, Henry Coaxum, ...
Group puts pressure on McDonogh 35 contractor to hire more minorities
A group of community leaders is lauding the removal of a “Not Hiring” sign that once hung on the construction gate at the new site of McDonogh 35 High School.
Dortha 'Dodie' Smith-Simmons
Freedom Rider reflects on youthful sacrifice, fearlessness
By Nayita Wilson Contributing Writer Fifty years after deserting her youthful years to take on causes that would advance liberties for Blacks, Doratha “Dodie” Smith-Simmons, 71, a Louisiana figure in the 1960 ...
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Plaquemines community opposes new landfill permits
By Susan Buchanan Contributing Writer Looking out his back door, Allen Green of Oakville Community Action Group in Plaquemines Parish sees a mountain of debris and trash. “It’s a smelly, 60-foot eyesore,” ...
Cash-strapped administration criticized for lavish inauguration festivities
At a time when City of New Orleans officials are scrambling to find money to pay for two federal consent decrees, long overdue street repairs, the replacement of lost or ...
Poll reveals how Orleanians feel about ‘school system’ in New Orleans
By Kari Dequine Harden Contributing Writer Nine years into the country’s largest experiment in the privatization of public education, a recent poll suggests that in the minds of likely voters, the Recovery ...
Essence Fest 2014, The return of Prince to New Orleans
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer Without a doubt, Prince’s return to the Essence Festival, July 3- 6, after a 10-year hiatus has created a huge buzz. That’s for good reason. The seven-time ...

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